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TRENDING TOPIC FOR TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 3RD: Local elections in Miami-Dade County. These elections on the odd-numbered years, tend to be sleepy affairs with low voter turnout; but not the elections in the cities of MIami and MIami Beach last night. Both City of Miami District Two race and Miami Beach Group Four race will be heading to a runoff to be held on Tuesday, November 17, 2015. Below we provide you with the election results highlights.


AND THE WINNERS ARE…: For more detailed results click here to go to the Miami-Dade Elections Department’s page.

MIAMI
Commissioner District 1

Wilfredo “Willy” Gort (55.67%)

Commissioner District 2
Runoff election between:
Ken Russel (41.33%)
Teresa Sarnoff (23.54%)

MIAMI BEACH
Mayor

Philip Levine (65.46%)

Commissioner Group 4
Runoff election between:
Kristen Rosen Gonzalez (28.27%)
Betsy Perez (25.50%)

Commissioner Group 5
Ricky Arriola (58.78%)

Commissioner Group 6
John Elizabeth Aleman (50.38%)

HIALEAH
Council member Group 2

Jose Caragol (53.10%)

Council member Group 3
Vivian Casals-Munoz (60.37%)

HOMESTEAD
Vice Mayor
Patricia Fairclough (77.85%)

Council member Seat 2
Jon A. Burgess (75.58%)


TRENDING #TUITS – LOCAL ELECTIONS
David Smiley ‏@NewsbySmiley  Nov 3
Underdog cruises into Miami’s District 2 runoff election. Voters in District 1 reelect Willy Gort http://miamiherald.typepad.com/nakedpolitics/2015/11/underdog-cruises-into-runoff-against-sarnoff-in-miami-commission-election.html#storylink=addthis …

Joey Flechas ‏@joeflech  Nov 3
.@MayorLevine introducing his mom as he thanks crowd. Levine got more than 60% vote in #BeachElex

Alex Harris ‏@harrisalexc  Nov 3
Aleman says she ran for real people, residents. “we have big, complex things we need to tackle, for real.” #BeachElex

Elizabeth Koh ‏@elizabethrkoh  Nov 3
.@davidwieder says “although I wasn’t elected mayor, I will continue to speak out” against the developers who are trying to take over city

Miami Herald ‏@MiamiHerald  Nov 3
Incumbents Vivian Casals-Munoz, Jose Caragol reelected to Hialeah city council:http://hrld.us/1H5zQED 


CANDIDATES URGE PEOPLE TO VOTE: Throughout the day, Spanish-language radio hosts reminded listeners to get out and vote if they were in one of the municipalities holding elections yesterday. City of Miami Commissioner Willy Gort talked to Yoly Cuello on “Noticias del Mediodia” on Caracol 1260AM, while Miami Beach Mayor Philip Levine also gave interviews on Caracoland “Pedaleando con Bernie” on Radio Mambi 710AM.

Commissioner Gort, who was visiting precincts, said, “we have seen that few people have voted today, it is important to come out. We all have this right and we can’t forget how important it is. Specially in municipal races, since they more directly affect our everyday lives.” The commissioner also mentioned that many likely used early voting and absentee ballots. When asked about the state of the city, Gort explained, “all is well in Miami, we have balanced the budget for the last three years. We have reserves of 120 million and we are working with employees creating more positions and trying to improve on every aspect. We had difficult years between 2010 and 2012, but we managed to maintain services and we continue to improve, and most importantly we have done so without raising taxes.”

Mayor Levine also discussed the importance of voting in municipal races. When asked about Hispanics in Miami Beach, the Mayor stated there is “a high percentage of Hispanics in the city, and thankfully we are seeing good candidates who represent them.” He mentioned that “many Hispanics in Miami Beach are older and retired, so I think the issue of public transportation is one of great importance to them. We have a free trolley system now, but my main focus is to continue improving public transportation and finding more alternatives not only for our seniors, but to eliminate traffic as well.” Regarding the problems with flooding, Mayor Levine said, “it is a problem most coastal cities have, we are trying to raise our streets and installing pumps has helped. We have successfully worked on several routes that now stay dry, but we must keep doing this throughout the city.” He concluded talking about what he has accomplished during his tenure as Mayor of Miami Beach, and what he would like to focus on in the future to continue improving the city.